Sightseeing has always fascinated me. I love the feeling of seeing the natural and man-made wonders of the world. I've been fortunate enough to see some of the most beautiful monuments in and out of the country. Up until this past Sunday, April 26th, I had never been to the Statue of Liberty. It wasn't that I didn't want to, its just no one ever took me as a child. I'm grown now, and the excuses of not being taken don't work anymore. So, this was the perfect opportunity to take #SweetBabyAyo to see Lady Liberty up close and personal.
Getting there we took the train into New York Penn Station, where my lil' firecracker decided it was a great time to show people how loud she could cry. If you're not familiar with traveling with small children by train (plane or automobile), make sure you have plenty of snacks on deck. We took the local 1 train downtown to South Ferry; this stop lets you off right next to the loading docks for the statue. I didn't realize how simple it was to get to the location. Within minutes, we had our tickets (pre-purchased online), and headed through security that resembles TSA. We boarded the ferry, which was very windy, and marveled at this universal symbol of freedom and democracy...that is up for your interpretation. To my surprise, the Statue of Liberty wasn't as big as I anticipated it to be. I mean, don't get me wrong, she's a big girl but I thought she would be bigger. Nonetheless, it was break-taking. For years, I've seen her gleaming yellow torch in the distance; I had finally got my chance to visit with my baby by my side. Ironically, I know many people who live in the area who have not been to visit. We don't take time to explore what's in our own backyards. Most of the people visiting were from other countries, who probably know more about our American history than we do. Not every trip has to be this grand excursion, or cost a lot of money. Sometimes the memories that last a lifetime happen with the least effort.
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